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MSNBC
Jan 3, 2013 9:00am PST
speaker john boehner says they expect him to be re-elected, but if enough republicans break ranks, it could make the process messy. here's how it works. boehner will need a majority of the house votes cast today to hold his spot. if he fails to get a majority on the first vote, it will go to a second ballot. something that has only happened once in the past century. in 1923 when nine ballots over three days were needed to appoint congressman frederick gillette. now, 433 members are expected to vote today in the house, meaning boehner's magic number is 217. given that 200 democrats who also have votes, 17 republicans would need to defect in order to force that second ballot. now, while boehner would likely capture enough votes in subsequent ballots, it would be a humiliating way for republicans to begin the new session. what about this new class? will they turnover a new leaf? could this be a fresh start for washington? "new york times" columnist gail kol linz puts america's hopes in perspective writing "the bar is low. since some people believe the departing 112th congress was the wor
MSNBC
Dec 30, 2012 4:00am PST
about somebody farther right running against them in primaries that john boehner is having a hard time getting them to agree to his packages like plan b last week. we don't know out here on the public how much has changed since last week, but president obama was saying something he was planning to say. >> joy, is this the same thing? >> one thing you notice the president didn't doll is off any new plan. he's laying this debacle squarely at the feet of the congress. the president helped himself by previously making some offer that even his base was uncomfortable with because it's now clear to everyone watching he's been responsive. i think he's expressing the frustration of the american people. >> clarence, the game seems to be moving to rich mcconnell and harry reid. i think we have some sound bites from mitch mcconnell and harry reid on the senate floor. let ee cease if we can one that now. >> we had a good meeting down at the white house. we're engaged in discussions, the majority leader, the white house, and myself in the hopes that we can come forward as early as sunday and ha
MSNBC
Dec 29, 2012 2:00am PST
and worried about somebody farther right running against them in primaries that john boehner is having a hard time to get them to agree to his packages like plan b out here. we don't know how much out here in the public things have changed since last week, but it seemed like president obama was saying something that he was planning to say if it came down to the last few days. >> joy, is this the same kind of negotiation we saw in the first term? >> well, richard, one of the things that you didn't see the president do is to offer a new plan and he is laying the debacle at the feet squarely on congress and for the all to see where the dysfunction lies and the president helped himself by making offers that even his base was uncomfortable with, because it is fair to everyone that he is reasonable and trying to make the offers and that the intransigence is on the other side and he is expressing proper proper properlyly the frustration of the american people. >> and now it moves to mitch mcconnell from harry reid. and we have sound from mitch mcconnell on the house floor and harry rei
MSNBC
Jan 3, 2013 10:00am PST
john boehner face for his handling of the fiscal cliff and for delaying relief for sandy victims? the vote for speaker is underway. we'll have the results this hour. peter king, he and boehner kissed and made up. >> he did make a joking obscene reference with a smile, and then an i love you and then we went into the meeting. >> but no forgiveness from another republican, chris christie. >> there's only one group to blame for the continued suffering of these innocent victims. the house majority and their speaker, john boehner. >> in connecticut it's back to class in a new school for the children who survived the shooting at sandy hook elementary. for the first time they're back sense a gunman killed 20 of their classmates and six adults three weeks ago. it's back home for hillary clinton after hospitalization for a blood clot in her head. she's been on the phone within the half hour. what's next for the secretary of state? finally, real courage on the capitol steps today. illinois senator mark kirk, back since suffering a stroke nearly one year ago. >> i wanted everybody to say, you kn
MSNBC
Jan 2, 2013 3:00pm PST
went up to 400 single, 450 double. but boehner was at a million. boehner went down 550,000. so it's according to whether you want to count from the top down or the bottom up. both sides gave and i think the other side gave a little more. but governor, when it comes down to the debt ceiling that the chairman just referred to, president gave a warning to republicans. watch this. >> i will not have another debate with this congress over whether or not they should pay the bills they've already racked up through the laws that they passed. let me repeat. we can't not pay bills that we've already incured. >> sounds like he's pretty strong and stern on that. what dooungs, governor? >> he is and he ought to be. the last time, it was an international disgrace, not just a national disgrace, but an international disgrace. we shouldn't play politics with that. we owe this money. we've got to pay it. we've got o to have the funds to pay it. i think the sequester comes up in two months, probably a week or two before the debt ceiling. we're going to have to have some resolution of the broader probl
MSNBC
Jan 2, 2013 11:00pm PST
guy you don't want to be is john boehner. he's under fire from both democrats and republicans for not helping victims of sandy. >>> plus secretary of state hillary clinton is expected to make a full recovery after suffering a blood clot near her brain. so much for her critics on the far right who suggested she was faking being sick to avoid testifying about benghazi. >>> and let me finish with the reason it's hard to avoid a fiscal cliff. we begin with whether anyone really won in the fiscal cliff standoff. howard fineman is the director for "the huffington post" media group, steven walsh with "the wall street journal." let's look at who came out the winner on this fight. on the right there's some significant disagreement. here's what bill kristol wrote just before the house vote. quote, politically republicans are escaping with a better outcome than they might have expected. and president obama has gotten relatively little at his moment of greatest strength. then there's conservative commentator charles krauthammer. >> in the house who hate the bill and for good reason. i mean, this
MSNBC
Jan 3, 2013 1:00pm PST
3rd, and two more years, two more years! >> the honorable john a. boehner of the state of ohio having received the majority of the votes cast is duly elected speaker of the house of representatives for the 113th congress. >> an absolute disaster. >> and i hope and pray that's what we will have. >> this is why the republican party is so irrelevant right now. >> i think nobody in america is going to miss the previous congress. >> has he done a good job? >> absolute, absolute failure in leadership on the republican party's side. >> the direction of the republican party that is crum e crumbli crumbling. >> has he done a good job? >> the seeds are being planted right now for the destruction of the house republican majority. >> a huge office, and you get a balcony. >> fundamentally don't understand the electorate. >> you got that callender with a different word of the day for 2013. >> i did. >> this is a party without any viable leadership. >> okay. ♪ >>> it is the dawn of 2013. we have a brand new 113th congress, and thankfully the day began with a congressional prayer service at
MSNBC
Jan 3, 2013 11:00am PST
daughters, lindsey and trisha, and the entire boehner family. [ applause ] speaker boehner, i know all too well that we will not always agree. but i hope with all my heart that we will find common ground that is a higher, better place for our country. surely, we can be touched by the better angels of our nation -- nature. surely, we can be touched by the better angel of our nature. so beautifully expressed by president lincoln. this is the people's house. this is the people's gavel. it represents a sacred trust. may we all fulfill that trust and make real the ideal of democratic government. with respect for our constitution, with faith in the american people, with hope for the future of our country, i present the people's gavel to the speaker of the house, john boehner. may god bless you. [ cheers and applause ] to speaker boehner, may god bless this congress. may god always bless the united states of america. my colleagues, the speaker of the house, john boehner. [ applause ] >> leader pole helosi, thank yo your kind words. members of the house, senate, my wife, debbie you who is with
MSNBC
Dec 27, 2012 10:00am PST
it on house speaker john boehner. >> the american people i don't think understand the house of representatives is operating without the house of representatives. it's being operated with a dictatorship of the speaker. john boehner seems to care more about keeping his speakership than about keeping the nation on firm financial footing. >> boehner's office's response? we've done our part. it's the senate democrats fall. but will the speaker call his members back before time runs out? >> at the last moment is the way these things normally happen. i think that can happen again. it just depends on putting egos aside a little bit and putting the best interests of the american people first. >> plus, keeping our kids safe, is arming educators the symptom or adding to the problem. >>> and can anyone beat sko brown? >>> good day. we're live in washington this afternoon. the lines of communication between the president, leaders of congress are open. whether those lines are used repeatedly over the next few days to reach a fiscal cliff deal is anybody's guess. joining me now for our daily
MSNBC
Jan 2, 2013 10:00pm PST
done. >> the tax issue has been resolved. >> the house approved. >> john boehner got rolled. >> john boehner has had permanent damage done to him. >> john boehner walked past harry reid and said go blank yourself, and then bragged about it. >> does he even want this job anymore? >> one long national nightmare is now finally over. >> the debt ceiling. >> the debt ceiling is coming. >> no. >> the sequesters are coming. >> cue the next countdown clock. >> i will not have another debate with this congress. >> house republicans see it as a trump card. >> they should pay the bills they have already racked up. >> while they approve this deal to avert the fiscal cliff. >> last night the house of representatives failed. >> there was no deal to send money to the victims of hurricane sandy. >> lawmakers from new jersey were angry. >> last night it was my party responsible. >> they are leaving this party without help. >> congress. >> congress. >> congress. >> the laughing stock of the country. >> 66 days and counting, shame on you, shame on congress. >> all right, let's get a couple of things st
MSNBC
Jan 2, 2013 2:30am PST
unless they got a majority support from republicans. speaker john boehner of ohio violated that longstanding rule last night and in the process he became the only member of the leadership of his party who voted in favor of the bill. eric cantor and kevin mccarthy joined the majority of their party in voting no. boehner did find support from one key republican, paul ryan of wisconsin also voted yes. the main sticking point for republicans, a lack of spending cuts. hours before last night's votes, republicans considered trying to amend the bill from the senate and add additional spending cuts in. the senate made it clear they had no intention of revisiting this idea. so if changes were made that would essentially kill it. before the vote, republicans took to the floor and voiced their concerns. >> there are no spending cuts. we're adding $4 billion a day to the debt. the senate failed in cutting spending. >> i thought we were in a deficit crisis. i thought families were put at risk by this massive debt. what does this do about that? >> it was way past those senators bedtimes, they
MSNBC
Dec 27, 2012 6:00pm PST
collection, republican house speaker john boehner put out this stirring call to action. >> mr. president, this is your moment. we're ready to be led. not as democrats or republicans but as americans. we want you to lead. not as a liberal or conservative but as president of the united states of america. >> mr. president, we are ready to be led. just show us the plan. that was encouraging. that seemed like we were going to have a deal, no problem. obama won the election. he'll hand them a plan. he'll make some small changes. that's how congress works, of course. pass it and we'll be done. we'll go home for christmas. not so much. president obama did hand them a plan as treasury secretary tim geithner made a special trip all the way to john boehner's office on capitol hill. he delivered the plan to speaker boehner, a plan pretty much identical to the one president obama just won the election on. you might have thought that would have been leading, the problem would have been solved. not so much. >> flabbergasted. i looked at him, you can't be serious. i've just never seen anythin
MSNBC
Dec 28, 2012 11:00pm PST
far right and worry about farther right running against them in primary, that john boehner's plan last week. we don't know how much has changed since last week. but president obama sounded like he was saying something that he had been planning to say all along. >> it's almost like the white house is stepping out. i think we have some sound from mitch mcconnell talking about the next steps. let's see if we can run that out. >> we had a good meeting at the white house. we are engaged in discussions, if majority leader, myself and the white house in the hopes that we can come forward as early as sunday and have a recommendation. that i can make to my conference and the majority leader can make to his conference. >> i'm going to do everything that i can, i'm confident senator mcconnell will do the same. but everybody, this is -- whatever we come up with, this is going to be imperfect. and some people aren't going to like it. some people will like it less. but that's where we are. and i feel confident that we have an obligation to do the best we can and that was made very clear in the white
MSNBC
Jan 3, 2013 3:00pm PST
on whether to keep john boehner as speaker. there were a few defections. >> the reading clerk will now call the roll. >> amash? brown broun of georgia? yoho? >> but, in the end, in the end, speaker boehner survived easily. >> the total number of votes cast is 426 of which the honorable john a. boehner of the state of ohio has received 220. >> that's right. the man who drove this country to the brink of default who repeatedly threatened to shut down the government. who can't even control his own party. he's their man-again. it's the same leadership with the same failed agenda. even before the vote, boehner was telling his fellow republicans that he's done negotiating with president obama one-on-one. maybe that's a good thing. >>> and the first move by the new congress, michelle bachmann introducing another bill to repeal obama care. something republicans tried to do more than 30 times in the last congress. and, in case there were any doubts about republican intentions, mitch mcconnell put an end today. in an article today mcconnell wrote, "now the conversation turns to cutting spend
MSNBC
Dec 31, 2012 4:00am PST
out a deal that's acceptable to the senate, then it's going to go to the house. speaker boehner has said they'll either vote on what the senate produces or amend it. that's a lot of work to get done within a day. and i think there are a number of house republicans still holding out, believing that they would rather vote to cut taxes after january 1st than vote for a deal now. >> so there's physically no time. >> i think it's very tough. >> well, but what dan's also saying is that just because the senate reaches a deal, even with the administration, there's no guarantee there are republican votes in the house to do it. >> yeah. we've seen that problem throughout the past few weeks. >> yeah. >> meanwhile, democrats say the biggest setback came earlier in the day when senator mcconnell proposed changes to social security benefits. in an exclusive interview on "meet the press," president obama said he had been willing to compromise to that issue as part of a larger deal. >> one of the proposals we made was something called chain cpi, which sounds real technical, but basically makes an a
MSNBC
Jan 3, 2013 2:30am PST
. >>> the new congress will be gavelled in at noon followed by a role call vote by 1:00 p.m. john boehner should know if he's re-elected. there is no serious challenge to the ohio republican. he's expected to keep the job despite the recent divisions in the party, most notably the last few days over the fiscal cliff. 'loud the vote to come to the floor and voted for the new measure. mccarthy of california voted against it. >>> the new congress is going to have another issue to deal with in the coming days, the pending hurricane sandy relief. speaker boehner says he's going to put $60 billion worth of disaster relief bills up for a vote starting on friday. that comes after he put off tuesday night's expected vote on the package. that triggered widespread outreach for many politicians including some of boehner's stellar republicans who represent the hardest hit states. >> we cannot believe that this cruel knife in the back was delivered to our region. >> i think it's inexcusable that we did not have this vote. >> the federal government doesn't have a role in this? absurd. absurd. absolutely
MSNBC
Jan 2, 2013 10:00am PST
, i think john boehner has had permanent damage done to him by the failure to pass plan b, the way he was ultimately kind of on the sidelines of the negotiations. winners, two, joe biden and mitch mcconnell, proving as they did with the debt ceiling and in 2010 with the bush tax cuts, they know how to get things done. >> luke, let's talk first about the breakdown of the vote. in the house vote last night, only 85 republicans voted for this deal. the speaker, as you pointed out last night, showed some guts in actually voting for it. >> speakers ordinarily don't necessarily vote. sometimes they vote on big bills, but especially with this big vote where he knew cantor and mccarthy were going to vote against it. he made a decision he should be on the yes side of this, for whatever reason, for conversations i've had, look, he wanted to be out in front to tell his republican colleagues this is the best deal they could get in this situation and wanted to put the tax issue to bed finally and felt his support was much needed to be shown, especially after what mitch mcconnell did in the senate
MSNBC
Dec 27, 2012 2:00pm PST
senate to put something on the floor and speaker boehner has been very clear it's the senate's turn to act. senate dems aren't taking that bait. they feel like they'll put something on the floor. if they don't have republican consent for it, they will have to pull it or see it go down in flames and then republicans can point to their failure and say, hey, look, they failed, too. so democrats are wary of kind of falling into this trap that republicans they feel are trying to set for them and so there's this kind of staring contest up here where everybody is looking at everybody and it's like watching a slow motion car crash. >> using that metaphor of a staring contest, can you see anybody blinking? everybody thought -- i guess they fought first of all that boehner would blink and he'd tyke on his tea party and say i only want 50 or 75 votes i don't need you crazy people i just need a few normal people and we'll get 150 democrats and we'll pass something. he didn't blink and do that. is there any chance he will before monday? >> i think there's a chance if harry reid and mitch mcconne
MSNBC
Jan 3, 2013 7:00am PST
the miss fiscal cliff deal and boehner saying he won't have any one-on-one meetings with president obama and president obama saying he won't have any meetings either. i think we're in for another big showdown. >> the republicans are saying revenue is done, no more talk about taxes and now it's just spending cuts. let me play what grover norquist said to to andrea mitchell yesterday. >> the one piece of clout that he had was this threat to raise taxes on everyone and the republicans gave him some of what he wanted and couldn't take everything back off the table in terms of protecting taxpayers. but that's gone. >> jackie, has the president lost his leverage now? >> i don't know about that. i think it's a good thing that biden and mcconnell are still around when you hear that. >> somebody will talk. >> somebody will talk. i think like nia said, there's going to be standoff on this and it going to come right to the edge. but, you know, like the last debt ceiling debate, for a lot of these members of congress, there's nothing scarier than defaulting. so i think when push comes to shove
MSNBC
Jan 3, 2013 6:00am PST
? at least here in washington. today house speaker john boehner will likely be elected as the nominal leader of the party of the house. the question, though, can he be an effective leader and an effective speaker. he enters this new congress in a very fragile position. his relationship with the white house is not good. but for all we know, his relationship with mitch mcconnell may not be that good, considering how close house republicans were in leaving senate republicans hanging out to dry a couple days ago. yesterday, the unsubstantiated rumors were rampant that boehner was in so much trouble he might not become speaker. though there may be enough dissenters today to keep the editors of the tabloids happy. boehner has no real challenger and therefore is likely to secure his spot as pespeaker. but only 17 conservatives have to vote against him for us to see the second ballot for speaker since 1923, a message in and of itself. yesterday congressman tom price who says he does not plan to challenge boehner now dismissed questions about whether he might challenge him in the future as, qu
MSNBC
Dec 28, 2012 11:00am PST
meeting behind closed doors with house speaker boehner, senate majority leader harry reid and senate minority leader mitch mcconnell talking about doing something to keep more than trillion dollars in tax increases and cuts from taking effect next week. also joining that party today, america's happy warrior. vice president joe biden will be there. while some appear ready to compromise others are still ducking, dodging, trying to dump the blame elsewhere. >> we all have our ideas and in the senate, you're right. we probably another 40, 50, 60 of saying that we're ready to both raise revenues and control entitlements. when's the missing ingredient? it is presidential leadership. >> i think in the end we'll get a deal. the question is the timing. >> am hopeful there will be a deal that avoids the worst parts of the fiscal cliff, namely taxes going up on middle class people. >> it's pretty apparent that we are not going to do what we've been called to do. this is 112th congress. we have had two years to deal with quote the fiscal cliff. >> let's bring in our man at the white house, peter
MSNBC
Dec 27, 2012 11:00am PST
departure, the president called all four congressional leaders, reid, mcconnell, boehner and pelosi. now fiery words after reid hit boehner with volley after volley from the senate floor earlier today. >> if we go over the cliff and it looks like that's where we're headed, mr. president, the house of representatives as we speak with four days after today aren't here with the speaker having told them they'll have 48-hours notice. i can't imagine their conscie e consciences. >> speaker boehner's office responding with a terse statement saying in part, quote, senator reid should talk less and legislate more. the house already passed legislation to avoid the entire fiscal cliff. senate democrats have not. joining me now from d.c. nbc news white house correspondent peter alexander. peter, there was word the last hour that the president may have sent some sort of deal. the white house then turning around saying that's not true at all. where was the confusion? >> reporter: well, you hear the frosty statements back and forth as you just indicated there, craig. ah, the holidays in washington. a l
MSNBC
Dec 26, 2012 7:00am PST
. that it seems that in the house now boehner has no control over his extreme right wing faction. >>> want to bring in david nakamara and meredith shiner. david, i'll start with you. you know, the president coming back for appearance sake as some might say or, you know, when we look at what he can do tomorrow what might he have in the works here? >> richard, i think to get a look at that, look at friday scaling down the proposal. he said i want a big deal ultimately but before the new year we don't have time and probably going to work with senate -- the senate to sort of come up with a possibly smaller stop gap deal. he wants the tax breaks for those under $250,000 and maybe temporary measures to delay the spending cuts or a stop gap measure to buy time after the new year. >> in addition, as a part of that smaller deal you talk about, david, to you here, meredith, there will be extension of unemployment insurance, perhaps also putting off the automatic cuts and as david was noting, extending the tax cuts for incomes up to $250,000. some folks are asking, though, meredith, is this
MSNBC
Dec 30, 2012 5:00am PST
spending will take effect. do weeks of fruitless negotiations and john boehner and senate leader are working on a deal this morning to avoid the fiscal cliff, or as chris hayes and i call it, the fiscal curve. the deadline is soft. it's not like every american is going to be handed a bill on january 1st and there's way to manage the damage if the country goes over. the senate is set to convene this afternoon with the house to follow tonight. there's a chance that a compromise will be reached, less than 48 hours before tax rates revert to their clinton dasher are levels and board across the board spending cuts talk effect. when the president took to the podium friday afternoon to urge the law enforcements to get their act together with he didn't exactly project confidence. >> this is deja vu all over again. america wonders why it is that in this town for some reason, you can't get stuff done in an organized timetable. why everything always has to wait until the last minute. we're now at the last minute. and the american people are not going to have any patience for a politically self-
MSNBC
Jan 3, 2013 12:00pm PST
better, but boy, it's disheartening to hear speaker boehner say he is not going to negotiate with the president because boy, as you guys know, we didn't resolve anything with the deal that averted the fiscal cliff, temporarily avert ready the cliff. we didn't solve a bloody thing. the tough decisions lie ahead and not just on sequester around not just on continuing resolution, budget, the debt ceiling, but on guns, on energy, on infrastructure, on education, on immigration. and we are going to need a congress and a president that are going to roll up his sleeves and work together and act as adults, boy, that's no way to start off. that's really discouraging statement. just as an american, forget as a democrat. as an american, that is just is very sad. >> and let's dig in a little bit more to speaker boehner. former speak eer hastert, the mt pass with the majority of the majority role was talking about the fact they had to pass the fiscal cliff deem without a majority of the majority and he said, hastert said maybe you can do it once, maybe you can do it twice but when you start cuttin
MSNBC
Dec 28, 2012 12:00am PST
speaker john boehner and his fellow republicans could no longer weather the incredibly bad optics of sitting at home while the president of the united states and the senate were in washington. president obama arrived back at the white house this morning. the president will host a meeting tomorrow afternoon with senate majority leader reid, senate minority leader mcconnell, speaker boehner, and leader pelosi at the white house. senate majority leader harry reid took to the senate floor this morning to, shall we say, let boehner have it. >> if we go over the cliff, and it looks like that's where we're headed, mr. president, the house of representatives as we speak, with four days left after today before the first of the year aren't here with the speaker having told them they'll have -- they'll give them 48 hours' notice. the american people i don't think understand the house of representatives is operating without the house of representatives. it's being operated with a dictatorship of the speaker, not allowing the vast majority of the house of representatives to get what they want. >>
MSNBC
Dec 27, 2012 1:00pm PST
back in washington, the senate is working against the clock, and speaker boehner, yeah, he's m.i.a. >> no new negotiations are scheduled. >> congress has five days to strike a deal before the end of the year deadline. >> they're calling it the fiscal cliff. [ speaking foreign language ] >> john boehner seems to care more about keeping his speakership than about keeping the nation on firm financial footing. >> let's take the american people out of the line of fire in terms of taxes. >> it's being operated with a dictatorship of the speaker. >> i have never known john boehner not to have a plan. >> it seems pretty dark right now. >> it looks like there's no way there's going to be any deal done. >> so i say to the speaker, take the escape hatch we've left you. >> we're not going to get anything done that doesn't involve some measure of compromise. >> it's not 100% sure that's going to work any longer, and now that we know how fanatical the fanatics are. >> it's like blah, blah, blah. >>> a very busy day here in washington and we want to take you right to the senate floor where senato
MSNBC
Dec 28, 2012 4:00pm PST
boehner's plan last week. we don't know how much has changed since last week. but president obama sounded like he was saying something that he had been planning to say a all along. >> take a listen to the president's tone and tell me if you think somebody has changed. >> ordinary folks. they do their jobs. they meet deadlines. they sit down and they discuss things and then things happen. if there are disagreements, they sort through the disagreements. the notion that our elected leadership can't do the same thing is mind boggling to them. >> joy, is this is same kind of negotiator we saw in the first term? >> i'll tell you, richard. one of the things you notice that the president didn't do was offer any new plan. i think he's laying this debacle squarely at the feet of congress. and the president, i think, helped himself by previously making some offers that even his base was uncomfortable with. it's clear to everyone watching that he's been reasonable to try to make offers. i think he's expressing plopperly the frustration of the american people. >> it's almost like the white hou
MSNBC
Jan 2, 2013 11:00am PST
speaker john boehner after he postponed a vote providing $60 billion in relief. speaker boehner's surprise move came after the house approved the fiscal cliff deal. member members hit hard are especially furious. >> we cannot believe that this knife in the back was delivered to our region. >> emergency and disaster means emergency and disaster. >> this is the most disgraceful action i have seen in this house. >> we have been devastated. i hope the speaker will bring this to the floor as quickly as possible. >> victims of sandy, many still homeless are hoping to recover and more outraged. >> it's a shame and a tragedy because they put politics before people. >> we are one community out of many. there a lot of people that are looking for aid that are displaced like myself and that would help us mentally and we are disappointed they couldn't come to a conclusion. >> just a few hours ago, president obama said in part the senate passed this request with bipartisan support, but the house of representatives refused to act. pass it without delay for our fellow americans. right now we are
MSNBC
Jan 2, 2013 6:00am PST
. >> speaker john boehner voted for the deal, breaking the republican leaders eric cantor of virginia and kevin mccarthy of california who voted against. paul ryan joined speaker boehner, voting for the bill. after the vote, president obama tried to set the terms for the fiscal fights ahead in a rare late-night appearance with joe biden by his side in the briefing room. >> the one thing that i think hopefully in the new year we'll focus on is seeing if we can put a package like this together, with a little bit less drama, a little less brinksmanship, not scare the heck out of folks quite as much. >> but republicans are already looking ahead to another budget showdown in late february. that's when the temporary delay on domestic and military spending cuts expires and when congress must raise the $16.4 trillion debt ceiling limit to avoid default. >> save your powder for the debt ceiling fight. we have leverage at the debt ceiling to make this president face up to the fact that we're spending our way into oblivion. >> last night, the president warned republicans not to use the debt ceil
MSNBC
Jan 2, 2013 9:00am PST
relationships. politico reports on an encounter between speaker boehner and harry reid in the white house lobby. go [ bleep ] yourself, boehner sniped, as he pointed his finger at reid, according to multiple sources present. speaker boehner refused to bring forward a bill funding emergency aid for victims of superstorm sandy. this is how republican peter king responded this morning. >> john boehner has been personally helpful over the years, so it pains me to say this, but the fact is, the dismissive attitude that was shown last night towards new york, new jersey, connecticut, typifies, i believe, a strain in the republican party. we cannot believe that this cruel knife in the back was delivered to our region. >> now, unfortunately, these leaders will still need to work together, and soon. with one deadline down last night, the president has already begun positioning himself for the next fight. >> we'll negotiate over many things. i will not have another debate with this congress over whether or not they should pay the bills that they've already racked up through the laws that they passed
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Jan 2, 2013 1:00pm PST
. >>> thank you. it's wednesday, january 2nd. and speaker john boehner can't please anyone. ♪ >> happy new year, everybody. >> aloha, mr. president. >> the fiscal cliff vote wasn't the only drama in the house of representatives. >> the house stands adjourned until 10:00 a.m. tomorrow for morning hour debate. >> mr. speaker. >> we will promise that this vote was coming up. >> it's the most disgraceful action i've seen in this house in the 20 years i've been here. >> nine weeks after sandy, not one penny has been appropriated. >> we turned our back on them. >> the only thing our republican colleagues did this week is serve up false hope to the people devastated by the storm. >> they have no problem finding new york when it comes to raising money. >> the relief will come early next year but will come at the $27 billion level. >> anyone from new york or new jersey who contributes one penny to congressional republicans after this should have their head examined. ♪ >>> a very happy new year to you and your family. 2013 begins as washington barely avoids crashing off the fisca
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Jan 3, 2013 12:00am PST
, americans, and welcome to "the ed show" from new york. john boehner is getting hammered by republicans for caving on tax increases and walking away from hurricane sandy relief. 2013 is starting with a bang. this is "the ed show." let's get to work. >> i will sign a law that raises taxes on the wealthiest 2% of americans while preventing a middle class tax hike. >> the president gets his deal. but with the debt ceiling battle on the horizon, how long does the victory last? >> save your power for the debt ceiling fight. >> dnc chair debbie wasserman schultz will tell me where the democrats go from here. >> he got his tax increase, but he can't claim republican fingerprints on his tax increase. >> grover can't handle the truth. but his pledge is dead. and it's the end of an era for conservatives. tonight, karen finney and michael steele on the republican party in disarray. >>> the keynote speaker at the republican convention destroys the republican congress. >> there is only one group to blame, the house majority and their speaker, john boehner. >> congressman jerry nadler on the republican d
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Jan 2, 2013 8:00am PST
. boehner turned a page in his statement saying, quote, now the focus turns to spending. the american people re-elected a republican majority in the house and we will use it to hold the president accountable for the balanced approach he promised. >> very rare a speaker and leader diverge. how much damage did the fiscal fight do to the speaker and the house and the senate? >> one thinks of the napoleon quote that you have don't interrupt the enemy when they're destroying themselves and you guys just waited around long enough and the republican party did that, didn't they, chris? >> a lot of republicans are faulting speaker boehner. they totally ignored him, they undercut him. >> you had an agreement last night. >> we have this totally dysfunctional senate and there are a dysfunctional congress and no wonder our back is up against the wall at midnight and we get some kind of -- this terrible deal that's thrown in our laps. >> so what was it like to be in the room when republicans voted on that deal? joining me now from capitol hill is republican congressman tom cole of oklahoma, who bro
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Dec 27, 2012 3:00pm PST
. boehner held with gop house members, telling them to return to washington this sunday. but just because they're coming back doesn't mean they're looking to play nice. today, senator harry reid blasted the speaker for refusing to even vote on a democratic plan that would protect 98% of americans. >> everyone knows that if they had brought up the house -- i'm sorry, the senate-passed bill that would give relief to everyone making less than $250,000 a year, it would pass overwhelmingly. it's being operated with a dictatorship of the speaker. >> a dictatorship of the speaker. and here's house speaker boehner office responded. senator reid should talk less and legislate more. legislate more? what legislation has speaker boehner been working on while on vacation? while we're about to go over the cliff, the gop has been pointing fingers at the president. one gop aide says talks have failed because "the president made a strategic miscalculation and overreached. he picked a fight." picked a fight? sorry, that's not going to fly. the president has come to the table with numerous proposals
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Jan 2, 2013 12:00pm PST
john boehner became the speaker. one deadline after another and has very little wiggle room. it makes his own members so unhappy. the vote for speaker for the next two years is tomorrow. does he even want this job anymore? >> it's a fair question after the hammering he has taken from folks in his own party and chris christie regarding the sandy relief bill. john boehner routinely said he never gets too high or low. he grew up the second of 12 children in a room where there was four kids to a room and he had to mop the floor of his father's bar at 5:00 in the morning every day. this is not an easy job. i think what you saw yesterday was what we on the hill know as a microcosm of leadership style and how it relates to the house of republican conference. it's fascinating that the world was able to see that boehner goes by this idea of letting the house work its will. he gave his members a chance to vent and venting almost nuked the deal that led to a plethora of angry e-mails in the finance community that said what the heck are you guys doing? a lot are republicans. we came back an
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Dec 26, 2012 6:00am PST
boehner tried to get that alternative bill through the house. his own bill. he didn't have the support to do it. it fell apart. now things are in the senate and it will be up to harry reid and mitch connell and the president to try to come to a compromise to avoid the tax hikes and spending cuts that go into effect on the first of the year. president obama had been working with house speaker john boehner and trying to get a big deal that dealt with tax reform and deficit reduction. that fell apart and talks have largely been stalled this entire time. there was a lost pressure to get something done. we have seen some of the impacts of the fiscal cliff. consumers saying they have been more cautious with their holiday spending because of the uncertainty in washington. economists warn it could get worse and the markets could be foiled if we go over the fiscal cliff. taxes will go up for the average american by about $2,000 and could put us back into a recession. >> which nobody wants to see. kristen welker in hawaii. the president is coming back, but they haven't gotten the 48 hour notice.
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Dec 28, 2012 2:00pm PST
themselves, get it passed through the chamber and send it to the house. house speaker boehner made it clear he had not move first. he wants to see the senate act. the ball is now in the senate's court for all intents and purposes. >> sam, isn't it a bit late in the day to be playing this game of chick snn. >> i don't know what constitutes late in the day at this juncture. i guess we have a few more days, a couple more hours here. i think there's a general consensus we probably will hit the cliff, but that doesn't mean they can't hurry and get something done a day after, two days after, do it retroactively. the hit that would be felt by families would be minimum in that case. a lot of negotiations. we'll see what mcconnell and reid can pick up and forge together. >> nbc news has been reporting that the president's holding firm to this position of not cutting taxes for people earning more than $250,000 a year. you've been talking to republicans all day. will republicans vote for a plan that looks like the president's first offer, $250,000? >> republican senators specifically were really
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Jan 3, 2013 2:00am PST
. >>> fury over speaker boehner delaying relief for hurricane sandy victims. >>> hillary clinton out of the hospital. >>> and these guys were just hoping to score cash the old fashioned way, by stealing it. good morning. it's sure to be an emotionally charged back to school morning for the student who survived that horrific shooting in newtown, connecticut. it will be their first time back to class since the massacre three weeks ago that claimed 26 lives. nbc's jay gray is live with us in monroe, connecticut, where the students are attending a different school. jay, good morning. >> reporter: good morning to you. that new school is about seven miles away from sandy hook elementary here in monroe. it was an empty middle school that crews have been working to refurbish. just one of so many changes here since the tragedy. a fresh blanket of snow covers the spot where a mountain of stuffed animals and cards once stood, a sign that led to sandy hook elementary has been pulled from the hinges. but this morning there will be school again. >> i'm not exactly sure how we're going to react to it. it'
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Dec 27, 2012 6:00am PST
, speaker boehner put that ball in the senate's court. harry reid tossed it right back. are we looking at another lost day in the negotiations? hitching a right on air force one, the new senator from hawaii and it's not what we expected it to be. here we go again. the president in washington and another deadline. secretary geithner warns we will hit the debt ceiling even before we tumble over the fiscal cliff. good morning from washington. it is thursday, december 27th. this is "the daily rundown." i'm luke russert. two days after christmas and washington is back to work trying to harsh out a deal to avoid the fiscal cliff. the senate will get back from the session after holiday break. the president is expected to arrive back to the white house without his family to get back to twork mework to meet the loo deadline. mike is at the white house. let's start with you. the consensus around the hill is that we are more likely than not to go over the fiscal cliff, but there is a small chance harry reid could take a house pass bill and amend it and send it back over to the house. what are you he
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Dec 27, 2012 7:00am PST
i'm going to side with pollsters saying it won't happen. boehner is at his weakest point ever. to push something through. doing that would weaken him even further. he still needs to be elected speaker on january 3rd. if you're boehner, you let this thing slide past january 3rd, getting yourself elected, and then do what you have to do. >> will he be stronger in. >> he won't be stronger. there will be about eight more democrats. >> really it's his caucus. >> but he'll be speaker again. if it does it, then you have a couple days to consider -- if he gets reelected and is speaker again, then it's much more trouble to unseed somebody who is already sitting there as the speaker than it is to stop him from running in the first place. >> if i could add to what ryan is saying, the only thing is he'll be proposing to his caucus a tax cut. everybody changes on january 3rd. you're no longer talking about some people getting a tax increase. harry reid and john boehner for instance said -- the speaker saying the senate should take it up. harry reid is speaking on the floor. let's take a listen
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Dec 28, 2012 7:00am PST
the senate is important, but ultimately john boehner has said he wants the majority of republican members of the house to vote for whatever deal happens. that's a key factor. they have to agree to something that president obama also agrees to. that's a big gap. basically he's -- i don't know that there's 120 house republican votes for that yet. plan b was voted on, a -- house republicans wouldn't approve of that, either. the how is like a big block here on any kind of permanent deal. >>> i want to bring in debbie wasserman schultz, florida democrat and head of the dnc. congresswoman, when you look at what's happening today, you know, this meeting that's going to be happening at 3:00 p.m., what's going to be talked about there, what do you think? >> look, as long as the leaders are talking, there is still time for us to hammer out a deand prevent us from going over the fiscal cliff. what will be talked about today is what do the outlines and parameters of a possible deal look like that can be agreed to by a majority of democrats and republicans. really i think the key thing here is
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